Spine Festival

SPINE Festival

5 – 14 March 2020

SPINE Festival is for children, young people and families and takes place each year in libraries situated at the heart of London’s communities.

Now in its sixth year, the theme for 2020’s festival is Our World. Through a varied programme, SPINE Festival will creatively explore the environment and climate change, inspiring and empowering children and young people across London to take action and change the world.

The free programme of spoken word and arts activities features Artists in Residence specially commissioned to develop work in five boroughs, Telling Tales – a series of creative writing workshops, innovative theatre shows and hands on workshops, and Open House, a project in which participants from refugee communities creatively explore language through culture.

Libraries are creative spaces at the heart of London communities. They are free and open to all, and a great way to engage with and experience art and culture. Get involved!

SPINE Festival 2020 will take place in the following London boroughs:

Wandsworth ● Bexley ● Bromley ● Islington ● Lewisham ● Westminster ● Kensington and Chelsea ● Merton ● Greenwich ● Brent ● Newham ● Croydon ● Southwark ● Hammersmith and Fulham ● Tower Hamlets ● Ealing ● Sutton

The following London libraries will host SPINE Festival events:

Balham Children’s LibraryBexleyheath Central LibraryBromley Central LibraryIslington West LibraryLewis Carroll Children’s LibraryDeptford LibraryLewisham LibraryPaddington Children’s LibraryKensington Central LibraryMertonWoolwich Centre LibraryKingsbury LibraryEaling Road LibraryHarlesden LibraryKilburn LibraryThe Library at Willesden GreenWembley LibraryPlaistow LibraryCroydon Central LibraryCanada Water LibraryDulwich LibraryHammersmith LibraryIdea Store BowActon Townhall LibrarySutton Library

Listed on this website are all the SPINE Festival events which are open to the public. You can also find out more about the Artists in Residence programme in Brent, Westminster, Greenwich, Islington and Wandsworth. Just click on the links below.

SPINE Festival also offers a host of activities specifically for local school and community groups, all of which are booked directly by the libraries.


Produced by Apples and Snakes in partnership with library authorities across London.


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